Fiber and Other Good Stuff
The Good News: High fiber intake reduces your risk for a stroke.
The Bad News: Less than 3% of Americans meet the minimum daily recommendation for fiber.
Fiber helps control your cholesterol levels; It reduces artery clogging. It can also help reduce your blood pressure. A bowl of oatmeal with fruit every morning would give you 7 or 8 grams of fiber.
Fiber also prevents constipation. Unprocessed plants are full of fiber.
A smoothie with broccoli, half a lemon (with the peel), some blackberries and a handful of cilantros, with ¾ cup of water is a tasty fiber filled drink, easily made with your blender, can be part of a meal or a healthy pick-me-up in midafternoon.
Fiber can be had in beans, nuts, whole grains, (such as brown rice), apples and berries.
Foods that contain potassium are also useful in reducing heart disease.
Wholefood sources of potassium are leafy greens, (the darker the better), all kinds of beans (canned beans are fine) and sweet potatoes.
Oranges, lemon and limes are excellent for decreasing blood pressure, increasing blood flow in the arteries and effectively reducing the chances of a stroke.
The antioxidants in lemons, berries and cherries will keep strokes and other age-related diseases at bay.
Other food sources that help combat heart disease include Broccoli, dried oregano, cinnamon and mangos.
Just by adding ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to that morning serving of oatmeal and berries, you can raise the antioxidant power of your breakfast from 20 to 120 units (which is awesome). And you’ll also be a “regular guy.” You know what that means …right?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Raise the Risk of a Heart Attack.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease raises the risk of a heart attack. The risk is independent of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol.
The GI tract becomes inflamed is you have inflammatory bowel disease. After analyzing the medical records of more than 17.5 million people, the link between Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Heart Disease has been scientifically confirmed.
“Our findings,” explains lead study author Dr. Muhammad S. Panhwar, a resident in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, “suggest that IBD should be considered an independent risk factor for heart disease.”
IBD is a long-term disease that inflames the gut, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The gut becomes inflamed because the immune system attacks healthy and beneficial cells — such as of the gut tissue and friendly bacteria — as if they presented a threat.
Two types of IBD
There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis, which mainly affects the colon or large intestine; and Crohn’s disease, which affects any part of the GI between the mouth and the anus.
Some of the common symptoms of IBD include abdominal pain, diarrhea, passing blood, fatigue, and weight loss. Most people are diagnosed with IBD before they reach their 30s.
New IBD treatments may combine antifungals and probiotics
Because the symptoms of IBD are usually more aggressive — with more frequent flare-ups — in women and younger people, these groups are thought to have higher levels of inflammation.
Estimates based on survey data collected in 2015 suggest that around 3 million adults in the United States “have received a diagnosis of IBD.” This figure is one third higher than the 2 million estimated in 1999.
Though the two illnesses share some symptoms, IBD is quite different compared to irritable bowel syndrome, which is not caused by inflammation and damages the GI tract in a different way.
Celiac disease should also not be confused with IBD, although it has some of the same symptoms and also inflames the gut. Celiac disease is caused by a specific immune response to gluten, a group of proteins that are present in some grains such as wheat.
IBD patients have independent heart risk
For their analysis, Dr. Panhwar and colleagues used anonymized data from the electronically stored medical records of more than 17.5 million people, aged 18–65, who belonged to 26 healthcare systems across the U.S.
From the data, they were able to identify which people had been diagnosed with IBD in 2014–2017, and which people — with and without IBD — had experienced heart attacks.
The results showed that 211,870 of the people had been diagnosed with IBD, which is 1.2 percent of the total and in keeping with official U.S. population estimates.
The team found that traditional risk factors for heart disease — such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol — were more common in people with IBD.
They also found that people with IBD were twice as likely to have experienced a heart attack as people without IBD.
However, even after the results were adjusted to remove the influence of the traditional risk factors and demographic characteristics such as age, gender, and race, they showed that people with IBD still had a higher risk for heart attack.
This independent risk was 23 percent higher than the risk of heart attack in people without IBD.
A comparison of subgroups also revealed that women with IBD under 40 years of age were at higher risk for heart attack than men with IBD of the same age.
Above the age of 40, the risk of heart attack was similar in both males and females with IBD.
Dr. Panhwar suggests that physicians should be aggressive in screening IBD patients for heart disease and adopting strategies to reduce the risk.
“Our study adds considerably to a growing set of literature highlighting the importance of chronic inflammation in IBD as having a role in the development of heart disease.”
Even people who do not have diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease, may have an unhealthy colon.
Your colon health should be monitored and the use of probiotics, periodic colon cleanings, parasite control and a healthy diet are all important contributors to your colon health.
Here are some ways to help prevent against not only Heart Disease but High Blood Pressure as well.
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You should consider taking these preventative measures as well:
- A Critical Action you can take to prevent Heart Disease is adopting a very healthy diet.
- Increase your consumption of dietary fiber
- Take Co-enzyme Q10 twice a day
- Vitamin E twice a day
- Take the recommended dosage of Calcium/Magnesium
- Use your Blender to make delicious Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Antioxidant Smoothie drinks.
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